In Thailand, the criminalization of consensual prostitution forces sex workers to keep their work underground and not seek help when harmed.
Empower, a sex workers’ rights foundation, has been battling the stigma and outdated laws for years, including petitioning parliament to decriminalize the industry.
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The group joined with a prominent human rights activist and LGBTQ activists to put on a fashion show to highlight the country’s history of sex work and show that it is, indeed, legitimate work that deserves fair wages and respect.